Red-bellied Woodpecker

This red-bellied woodpecker unexpectedly came racing across the back yard and landed with a plop upon our bird feeder.   I watched as it casually enjoyed a snack of sunflower seeds and then retreated to the top of a pine tree for a little exploration.

“The cream of enjoyment in this life is always impromptu.  The chance walk; the unexpected visit; the unpremeditated journey; the unsought conversation of acquaintance.”  ~Fanny Fern

5 thoughts on “Red-bellied Woodpecker

  1. I like the red-bellied woodpeckers but unfortunately hear them more than I see them at Council Point Park where I walk. I like how he was perched at the top there as if to say “I am the King!” Enjoying those sunflower seeds made him “feel his oats” as that expression goes.

      • When I was at Elizabeth Park and someone had broken up some boules onto the picnic table, a red-bellied woodpecker kept visiting the table. He was delightful to watch, as I have only had the one occasion that I got a good look at one in the tree … most of the time I hear them, but don’t see them. We only have the red-bellied woodpecker around here. I follow a blog called “Backyard Bird Nerd” and she had a cute post not long ago about a red-headed woodpecker at her backyard feeder – he was enjoying the treats there. She mentions all the baby birds fledging and visiting her feeders and captures their reactions to finding treats there. Here is Kathy’s woodpecker post:

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